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Women seek justice for Chilean dictatorship rapes

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Four women who say they were sexually tortured as political prisoners following Chile’s 1973 military coup have filed a complaint they hope will bring to light dictatorship-era rapes that have been buried by fear, shame and silence. The allegations were made in a complaint filed in May and the women [...]

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Brazil: best-butt runner-up hospitalized

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 27-year-old Brazilian reality TV star who was runner-up in a best-buttocks competition has been hospitalized with complications from a cosmetic procedure to enlarge her thighs. The Conceicao Hospital Group in the southern city of Porto Alegre said Wednesday that Andressa Urach had an infection in her thighs after receiving under-skin [...]

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UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

  LIMA, Peru (AP) — With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused. The World Meteorological Organization said the global average temperature in January-October was 0.57 Celsius (1.03 Fahrenheit) above average, the same as in record hot [...]

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Venezuela charges ex-lawmaker in alleged coup plot

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A leading opposition figure learned Wednesday she is being charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, a move she called an attempt to silence her and other critics of Venezuela’s socialist government. Maria Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, left a private [...]

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Dominican prosecutor OKs Vatican sex abuse case

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Dominican Republic’s top prosecutor praised the Holy See’s handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country Tuesday and acknowledged that the Vatican was the right place to try him. Prosecutor Francisco Dominguez Brito met Tuesday with his Vatican counterpart, Jean Pierre Milano, and [...]

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OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

  VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided November 27th to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is [...]

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Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses after inmates at an overcrowded prison in Venezuela stormed an infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, officials reported. Activists said November 27th the death toll could be far higher. The disturbances at the David Viloria penitentiary began November 24th when [...]

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Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman nearly a year ago. The bloodshed has been concentrated in La Paz, the capital of Baja [...]

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Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter’s epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding. Bobadilla was driving on a mountain road with Javiera, intent on ending it [...]

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Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City’s main square. The march late November 20th sought the return of the students from a rural teachers’ college. November 20 [...]

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Slain beauty queen, sister buried in Honduras

  GUALJOCO, Honduras (AP) — Grieving family members laid to rest a beauty queen and her sister amid drenching rains November 20th, pleading for divine justice after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister’s boyfriend. Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, and her sister Sofia, [...]

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